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Challenge 2 Beaded Beauties June 26, 2008

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This weeks challenge was influenced by the prize

 which has been kindly offered by our second brilliant sponsor

Daisy Chains Beads specialise in selling beads in smaller or rural communities that have less access to bead shops. We love to get out and about and meet beaders , experts and beginners alike. I  see so many beautiful beaded pieces, our customers are a real inspiration. i have a bit of a dream to invite them to come and display their work at an arts centre in Powys, maybe in 2009 or 2010. It will take a lot of organising and some grant aid, but perhaps it will happen one day.Our stock is very mixed, from Swarovski to plastic, Murano to delicas to ethnic wood. We also like to keep a good stock of threads and findings. Our main speciality is probably our clearance lines, I think most of customers are very pleased at our prices ! Recently we have had strands of 8mm glass crackle beads for just 95p each. I can’t promise there will be any of them left at future sales, but there will be other excellent buys. We open from 10.30 – 3.30 and admission is free. For more information see You can find us over the summer at the following venues;

Sunday 22nd June 2008
      10:30 - 3:30

      Gresford Memorial Hall,  Gresford, Nr Wrexham

Sunday 29th June 2008
      10:30 - 3:30

      Bartestree Village Hall, Herefordshire

Sunday 20th July 2008
      10:30 - 3:30

      Uckington Village Hall,  Gloucestershire

Sunday 27th July 2008
      10:30 - 3:30

      Hatton Village Hall,  Warwickshire

Saturday 9th August 2008
      10:30 - 3:30

      St Isan Church Hall, LLanishen, Cardiff

Sunday 24th August 2008
      10:30 - 3:30

      Chalgrave Memorial Hall, Nr Luton

 Bank Holiday Monday* 25th August 2008
      10.30 - 3.30

      Tackley Village Hall, Nr Oxford

Sunday 6th September 2008
       10.30 - 3.30

       Powick Village Hall,  Worcestershire

 Sunday 28th September 2008
     10.30 -3.30

     Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes, Powys


Tracey here , if you get the chance you really should go, I went to a recent one and bought all the beads I used in my button shank braclet. The selection and prices were brilliant, oh and I bought a  few strand of the crackle glass beads for 95p

So thats our sponsor and what a stunning prize. I know i have been drooling over it since it arrived.  I now have all of them on my too buy list . The lucky winner will enjoy playing with these

So todays challenge is Beaded Beauties, you can use beads (and for definition we will allow gems in as flatback beads) You can use images of beaded ladies etc. You can use the title, if you make art beads you can enter those . If its beaded and you have made it it can be entered. You can use digital beads.  If you can relate it to the title then you can enter it, Good luck we can’t wait to see what amazing peices you come up with after last weeks entries. All the beads in the examples are available from Daisy Chains beads either on their site or at their fairs

Our Guest designer today is Marina talented crafter and designer and owner of Cherry Pie Art stamps . A few words from Marina about the challenge

When I accepted being a guest designer I didn’t know I was up for real challenge. I’m a stamper and painter before anything else so it was a surprise to hear I’d be working with beads! I love beads, but I can’t consider myself a beader. A collector of beads… yes!
Anyway, I decided to add to it another challenge by using another medium I never used before: aluminum (alluminium in British English?) sheets. And third challenge: do something I can hang on a wall and wear too!
I started with cutting a rectangular piece of aluminum sheet (the thin kind you can emboss and cut with your scissors).
Then I cut strips of it on the short side leaving them attached to the long side. I didn’t pay much attention to cut straight or cut them all the same size. Then I took silver wire, put some beads in and started weaving
through the cut strips. One strip up and one strip down. One bead or two on the upper side until I reached the end and then the same again each row but alternating beads and aluminum. (hard to explain……… ouch! Does it make any sense?)For the last row I folded the endings inside.
Next I attached my beaded “thing” to black cardstock, more alluminum background and a black frame.

This same piece is flexible and it can be shaped like an armband. (see photo)

Tracey here again , I should also point out that Fiona and Susie both took a deep breath when they found out what the challenge was and have been beading outside their box this week, as neither have used many beads before, and Susie has made her 1st  jewellery a lovely set of earings well done, I’ve only been beading myself for 2 months and I made my 1st earings too,  and with no more addue (if thats how you spell it). Here are the design teams examples


All the design team went Wow when we saw Marina’s art peice, I think she rose to the challenge really well you can see more of marina’s work at and

Don’t forget that you can find us in the Chatroom this evening between 8pm and 9pm gaurenteed and later if we really get chatting .

I  was going to do a photo tutorial on my bolt of fabric bead, however , my 1st attempt at a photo tutorial did not go well, so I will be linking to a tutorial and just giving a few tips on how to acheive the bolt of fabric bead   , and there is a great collection of blingy paper downloads as seen on  JAKE The our little diamond digi lo,  on our freebee page.

Good luck to all who enter here Lol


challenge 1 round up

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Well we had a great 1st challenge with so many wonderful entries it was so hard to pick our favorite 15 . Anyway we finally decided on the 15 shown below . Well done everyone. I am so glad we decided to go with the random winner as there were just so many excellent entries that we would have been arguing till next christmas. LOL

I would like to thank our 1st guest designer Rosie, www. and  our great sponsers Kim and Steve for the wonderful prize of the 3 colorbox queues, it has been a joy working with all of you, and we hope that sometime in the future we will work with you again

and finally the lucky winner picked by randon number generator  is Eve or Ultramum and here is one of her many refreshed (old cards given a new look) which you can see here

 As soon as we recieve your address your prize will be despatched. Enjoy playing


Its This Thursday and our 1st challenge June 19, 2008

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Hello all, and welcome to the 1st challenge at This Thursday, its all about………

Now we mused for a while about what our 1st challenge should be, and as we are a fresh, new challenge blog, and the basic idea behind the challenges is to find fresh inspiration, products or techniques and look at different art and craft areas for fresh ideas, so we decided that our 1st challenge should be simply

FRESH. wether you use the word, the definition, fresh colours, fresh products, or fresh techniques. However the word Fresh inspires you, and whatever it inspires you to create we want to see it.

Up for grabs is this great set of three colorbox queues  Rich Rustics pigment ink, Chocolate and blueberries Chalk ink and Rain forest pigment ink. A great prize provided by Craft 4 Creations . Kim also

provided the design team with a set of the Rain forest pigment inks each

A little about Craft 4 Creation from Kim

Craft4creation is a family run business (Steve & Kim) catering for card makers and scrapbookers alike. We have been established since 2004, which started as a bit of a hobby due to my passion for crafts. It rapidly took off and now we have our own Website Knowing the importance of quality products and the correct tools, we only sell items that we would be happy to use ourselves. We try to be competitive with our pricing which reflects the quality of the products. As crafters, we know when you make a purchase you need your item NOW! We pride ourselves with our fast reliable service, aiming to despatch within 24 hours of payment, this way you can start crafting as quickly as possible.

We would also like to thank our 1st Guest designer Rosie who’s amazingly artistic work can be seen here  Well known amoungst the challenge fraternity, Rosie is a great friend and is always full of helpful advice. We are so pleased that she is our 1st designer

So here are our examples  

We also have some downloadables for you on our download page, and a project on our project page .

Also you can come and chat to us on Thursday nights at 8pm GMT in our chatroom link in sidebar. You can ask about our examples or just have a chat. We have had such a great 1st day that we have decided that at least one of us will be in the CHATROOM at 8 pm UK TIME EVERY NIGHT the 1st week

Deadline for entry is Wednesday midday.  Winners will be announced on Thursdays just before new challenge. We will also be showing a slideshow of our favorite entries for that weeks challenge



2 days to go June 16, 2008

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Only 2 full days to go before This Thursdays launch. Don’t forget that you can enter our challenges with anything arty or crafty.

At 8pm GMT every Thursday night the Design team will be available to answer any questions about their examples  or just to chat in our chatroom. So we hope to see you there.

Some weeks there will be a free downloadable paper or a free downloadable project .

We have  great sponsors ,  prizes and guest designers  for our 1st 9 challenges so make sure you come along and join in.

The winner will be picked by draw and will be posted on Thursday Night at 8pm along with a slider of a selection of our favorite entries from the last weeks challenges. 

See you Thursday